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Industrial IoT Initiatives Need the Right Partners

November 14, 2019

The right partners can help you more easily deploy digital technologies, solve challenges like data-integration issues and capture more value from digital initiatives.

Surviving the Skills Gap

November 6, 2019

Solutions like digital workforce productivity simplify workers’ jobs and enhance how they work, making them critical in tackling the manufacturing skills gap.

Get Ahead of Failures with Predictive Analytics

October 11, 2019

Predictive analytics dashboards provide insight into potential issues before they happen, so you can prevent machine or equipment failures and avoid downtime.

How Predictive Analytics Improves Efficiency

September 9, 2019

Food and beverage companies are finding productivity gains in hidden data. With the help of predictive analytics, they’re using this data to make informed decisions.

Get a Richer Picture of Production Performance

August 30, 2019

Companies around the world are already using enterprise operational intelligence solutions to create more competitive operations, and they’re seeing results.

Get Predictive Insights Without a Data Scientist

August 16, 2019

Controller-based predictive analytics use AI technology to help you detect production issues before they lead to downtime or scrap.

Digital Twin: Now and For the Future

August 7, 2019

Digital twin technologies are transforming the industrial space, elevating how we interact with our environments and offering great potential for the future workforce.

Reduce Downtime with Performance Dashboards

July 26, 2019

The smallest uptime increase can add millions of dollars to a bottom line. Performance dashboards organize OEE data so manufacturers can identify growth opportunities.

Why Should Miners Embrace IIoT?

June 26, 2019

In order to optimize mine performance, miners must first be willing to embrace change. Embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

Smart Data Replaces Big Data

June 12, 2019

Big Data in industrial IoT applications will increasingly get replaced with Smart Data to derive business value quickly and cost-effectively.

Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

June 10, 2019

The benefits of digital transformation are undeniable. But each project comes with potential roadblocks. Here are three risks to the success of your project and how to avoid them.

Is It Time to Digitize Your Lab?

June 3, 2019

A modern DCS can ease technology transfer – and help speed life sciences products from pilot plant to market.

The Value of Plant Safety Dashboards

May 24, 2019

Safety dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

Unleash the Potential of Your Oil & Gas Operations

April 26, 2019

Get the most from your oil and gas equipment by building a strong analytics strategy that can be paired with the perfect information solution.

Meet Metal Production Challenges with MES Software

April 15, 2019

MES can help combat production challenges for metal producers by ensuring that the right product is delivered at the right time.

Keeping It Secure at Pharmaceutical CMOs

April 8, 2019

How to maintain a flexible supply chain – and mitigate cybersecurity risk – when manufacturing extends beyond your walls.

Get Organized with Alarm Management Dashboards

April 5, 2019

Learn how alarm management dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

Leverage Your Data and Organize It in Dashboards

March 29, 2019

This is how we use dashboards to present data and analytics in useful ways, so you can view what information matters most.

Gain Brewhouse Efficiency with Process Analytics

March 25, 2019

Harnessing the power of process analytics is the next frontier in brewhouse efficiency. Reveal hidden efficiencies that are easily attainable for any size operation.

Build a Competitive Edge with Data

March 24, 2019

Manufacturers can build a competitive edge with insights and action fueled by robust analytics environments from Rockwell Automation, Microsoft and PTC.

Exploring Data Can Feed Your Next Process Change

March 13, 2019

Model predictive control works hand in hand with data exploration. Learn how these technologies optimize production and end-product quality.

Cement a Competitive Edge with Machine Learning

March 11, 2019

Cement companies can implement predictive strategies and improve operational performance with machine learning techniques.

It’s a Whole New (Virtual) World

February 11, 2019

Single-use facilities have revolutionized biopharma manufacturing. Now new technologies promise to minimize inherent risk and improve quality.

Analytics Partnered with MPC in Alcohol Production

January 9, 2019

Identify alcohol production equipment abnormalities before they negatively impact quality and consistency with MPC and analytics.

How Distillers Can Increase Optimization

December 19, 2018

The spirit industry is managing the growing demand by looking to model predictive control to help maximize throughput and efficiency.

Turning Data into Business Advantage

July 2, 2018

There is no magic bullet for turning data into business advantage. To thrive in the global digital industry UK enterprises must harness the power of the data they produce.

Make Your Digital Transformation Effective

June 11, 2018

There are pitfalls of going into a digital transformation effort before assessing the bigger picture first.

Responding to Changing Consumer Trends

May 18, 2018

The drive for digitalization is accelerating the need for digital manufacturing plants that offer the highest flexibility, combined with reduced production costs.

A New Driving Force: Automotive “Electric Dreams”

May 16, 2018

Market drivers and new technology are accelerating electric vehicle demand. To keep up, carmakers must adopt a more connected, data-intensive approach.

AI Can Improve Your Equipment Maintenance Strategy

April 18, 2018

Pipeline companies around the world are already taking advantage of artificial intelligence to improve operations. Do you have the information you need to stay competitive?

Scalable Analytics Delivers Value from IIoT

April 13, 2018

Users can now create value and actionable information from IIoT data sources, without the intervention of a data scientist.

Africa and the “Rise of the Machines”

April 9, 2018

Can digital technologies unlock new value in overcoming skills and infrastructure challenges in Africa?

Driving on the Edge

January 24, 2018

Scalable analytics platform delivers insights tire manufacturers need to improve quality, performance and productivity – from the edge to the cloud.

Suffering from Data Overload? There’s a Cure

January 22, 2018

Pharmaceutical plants generate a staggering amount of data. See how scalable analytics can cut through clutter to accelerate innovation and improve quality assurance.

Get Smarter Automotive Manufacturing Faster

December 20, 2017

Scalable analytics closes the loop between big data and the plant floor to speed the impact of smart devices.

Prevent Downtime With Just Your Voice

December 4, 2017

Companies driven by fast-changing consumer demands soon won’t have a choice about connectivity; it will be essential to stay competitive.

Three Ways You Can Save With Paperless Operation

November 10, 2017

Modern MES can simplify quality challenges. Let’s take a look at how you can save in three areas: labor/people costs, quality/recall costs and downtime.

IIoT on the Plant Floor? There’s an App for That

October 23, 2017

Take a look at how commercial apps are revolutionising teamwork in industry and how young workers needed to meet the skills gap are changing industry from the inside.

Does Automation Take the Craft Out of Brewing?

October 20, 2017

Learn how craft brewers can automate an existing two to five barrel system to produce more – more consistently, and save money and time.

Seven Steps to a Successful Digital Transformation

October 6, 2017

Creating a connected enterprise requires extreme cohesion. The digital journey of our customer highlights seven steps key to successful digital transformation.

Are You Sure it’s GMO-Free?

September 25, 2017

Trends – like gluten- and GMO-free recipes – affect the entire supply chain and require food companies to re-examine processes around traceability.

Where Should My Process Analytics Solution Run?

August 16, 2017

Producers in the process industries need to answer these three questions to arrive at a viable analytics solution.

3 Ways Enforceable Workflows Improve Profitability

July 31, 2017

How can manufacturers improve production and profitability? Let’s review 3 ways manufacturing production management software with enforceable workflows can help.

Smart Technology in Food Manufacturing

July 19, 2017

Online competitors, informed customers and changing regulations are driving the need for food and beverage manufacturers to rapidly respond. Smart technology can help.

Six Trends Engineering a New Pharma Reality

June 26, 2017

With pressures faced by pharmaceutical producers coupled with added legislation you would be forgiven for thinking the industry is in decline.

It’s 10:00 pm. Where Are Your Products?

June 7, 2017

Why don’t more manufacturers invest in production management software with track and trace? Learn why production management software is worth the investment.

Successful Alarm Management with Your DCS

May 24, 2017

Proper alarm management is an ongoing commitment. Discover the steps to modernize your alarm management system.

12 Benefits of Manufacturing Production Software

May 19, 2017

Manufacturing production software provides a consistent, repeatable method of managing orders, leading to improvements in profitability, on-time delivery and quality.

Maximizing Industrial IoT Deployments

May 15, 2017

Scalable analytics and a holistic approach to industrial security are among the components that should be part of any Industrial IoT deployment.

Six Reasons Enforceable Workflows are Key

May 5, 2017

Manufacturing quality should be based on enforceable workflows that error-proof processes so that each step is executed correctly, with complete, fully traceable data.

Optimize Pharmaceutical Dispensing with EBR

April 21, 2017

Electronic Batch Recording (EBR) systems that also are dispensing systems allow pharmaceutical manufacturers to leverage key advantages provided by EBR.

Data Integrity: Connecting the Dots

April 12, 2017

A robust MES solution – and a Connected Enterprise – can help enable compliance across the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Simplify Compliance with Connected Quality

April 7, 2017

As part of your quality management system, modern MES can help to ensure the proper tests are conducted and speed review times to ease regulatory and auditing burdens.

Tier Suppliers: It’s Time to Rethink Track & Trace

March 29, 2017

Now tier suppliers can address automotive traceability requirements – and other manufacturing challenges – with scalable, cost-effective software applications.

Take “Review by Exception” to the Next Level

March 24, 2017

With the use of modern dashboards, manufacturers can gain real-time notification of exceptions, enabling them to take preventative action.

Paperless Operation Improves Manufacturing Quality

March 17, 2017

In manufacturing, paperless operation offers quality advantages over manual, paper-based systems: operational flexibility, data-driven decisions, easier compliance, etc.

7 Reasons to Apply S88 Recipe Model to EBR Design

March 1, 2017

EBR has long been designed through modelling approaches including word processing, proprietary workflow charts and programming-like sequence definition. Why not S88?

Five Steps for Improving Your Food Safety Program

October 10, 2016

Learn how digitizing your food safety program can help increase consumer confidence and improve productivity.

Drilling for Information That Makes a Difference

August 22, 2016

For oil and gas operations, accessing, analyzing and using production data in real-time makes the investment of new information and control technologies beneficial in the long run.

Yield and Flexibility in Food and Bev Production

July 11, 2016

Improving yield and maintaining a flexible line is seen as a contradiction to some food and beverage manufacturers. New automation technology offers a balanced solution.

Tap Your Infrastructure to Meet Demanding Trends

June 13, 2016

The demand for more whole and quality ingredient creates opportunities and obstacles for manufacturers. A contemporary automation infrastructure offers a solution.

Digital Manufacturing Drives Innovation at Daimler

March 22, 2016

Innovative manufacturers are realizing the value of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by mapping out use cases that translate to immediate business value and outcomes.

Modernize Metals Production With MES

March 9, 2016

MES software offers metals companies deeper insights, improved equipment utilization and better quality control.

Is Your Tire Plant Steam System Smart Enough?

January 18, 2016

Thanks to The Connected Enterprise, steam systems can be more intelligent than ever - and generate new levels of efficiency, sustainability and cost savings.

Users Power the Innovation Engine

November 12, 2015

Smart product developers always test their product with the people who use it -- and learn, make changes, for an improved version. It's not different here at Rockwell Automation.

Start Earning Tomorrow's Profits Today

November 2, 2015

A Connected Enterprise framework lets you see how equipment operates in real time and to proactively address potential problems before they impact production.

Visibility: Killer App of The Connected Enterprise

November 2, 2015

The killer value proposition for The Connected Enterprise is improved visibility, which has the twin advantages of ultimate scalability and clearly demonstrable value.

Use the Super Computer in Your Pocket

October 19, 2015

With new levels of mobility, we have fast, secure, consistent, real-time access to data - and that means you no longer should be satisfied with incremental productivity improvements.

Eco Drives and The Connected Enterprise

August 12, 2015

With 1 billion consumers predicted by 2020, there is a rapidly growing global market to service. But with energy becoming more of a commodity than ever before, only the fittest will survive.

A Box of Cookies and The Connected Enterprise

August 3, 2015

Objectives in the industrial market haven't changed much, but the discussion continues around what will be needed to stay competitive in the changing global market.

Five Steps to Improving Safety Maturity

July 1, 2015

Deploying an effective safety program that encompasses all of your plants, employees, machinery, standards and production goals is a substantial undertaking.

How MES Can Optimize Automotive Manufacturing

May 11, 2015

For automakers, mitigating recall risk is essential. But getting the “little things” right is equally important for brand equity – and profitability.

Technology That is Reshaping the Energy Landscape

April 8, 2015

Access to real-time data is moving many companies from passive energy users to stronger, faster, safer and more secure consumers and producers.

The Right Metrics Help Avoid Drowning in Data

March 16, 2015

With so much data coming in, many manufacturers wonder what to track and where to even begin.

Dual Imperative: Fuel Economy + Consumer Demand

March 9, 2015

Lower gas prices may alter consumer appetites for fuel efficient cars. But automakers must stay on the fast-track to meet mandates.

When Brewing Beer, Small is Big

January 13, 2015

The popularity of craft beer fits very well into modern manufacturing techniques.

Is Your Control System Serialization-Ready?

November 18, 2014

A serialization-ready solution can provide a powerful way to negate some of the challenges the life sciences industry is facing.

Is Big Data Too Big to Handle?

October 13, 2014

The value of Big Data is not in collecting the most information; it's about collecting the right information - and then learning from it.

Three Easy Ways to Start Saving Energy

July 22, 2014

Here are quick ways to find what is wasting energy in your industrial operation and identify potential cost saving opportunities.

Mobility is About More Than Access

July 9, 2014

Rather than seeing industrial systems from a new device, mobile technology should help us do things in a new way and enable users like they never have had before.

Seven Steps to Build Serialization-Ready Machines

June 25, 2014

To combat counterfeiting, pharmaceutical manufacturers are putting serialization processes in place.

Harmony Between Energy Costs, Energy Management

June 12, 2014

No one can escape volatile, escalating energy prices. Do you know how to handle the data to improve energy efficiency?

How Soon is Too Soon?

June 3, 2014

Implementing energy management practices is one of the surest ways to position an organization for improved profitability.

Sustainable Food and Beverage Manufacturing

May 22, 2014

Manufacturers are responsible for balancing the need to meet increasing demand with operating safely and sustainably at the lowest possible cost.

What You Should Know About Energy Intelligence

April 18, 2014

What the experts know about energy intelligence that you should, too.

Oil and Gas Automation: From Sci-Fi to Subsea

April 10, 2014

Automation in extreme environments used to be the stuff of science fiction...now it's closer than you might think! Especially for the oil and gas industry.

How Does Industry 4.0 Affect Business?

February 26, 2014

How does Industry 4.0, machine to machine interaction and IoT affect business and what risks are associated with it?

Stop Thinking of Energy as a Fixed Cost

February 20, 2014

Stop thinking of energy as a fixed cost and start managing it like a bill of materials. With advanced manufacturing, companies can add the cost of energy to the raw materials cost.

Making Sense of Energy Intelligence

November 4, 2013

Worldwide energy consumption will increase by more than 50 percent by 2035. That number is sure to impact your industrial operations and automation environment.

Drives: Driving Energy Efficiency

October 14, 2013

Driving industry, a global view of why there's never been a better time to invest in saving money through energy efficiency.

EMI: The Piece That Completes the Puzzle

August 21, 2013

Enterprise manufacturing intelligence software can connect different data sources existing within the plant, including PLCs, DCS, SCADAs, historians and MES applications.

Historical Data Isn't Enough for Your Operation

July 22, 2013

Relying solely on historical data to decide future actions is rear view mirror driving. Vital information as it is, it's not enough for the modern manager.